My summer reading list was long and filled with wonderful resources. One reading project included catching up on all the wonderful articles in ASCD’s Educational Leadership journal and their online supplements. One of my favorites was an article called “Questioning and Vocabulary Supports that Inspire Language-Rich Mathematics,” by Sue O’Connell. O’Connell shared several great questions, but I particularly liked the following:
- What keeps happening? Why?
- What patterns do you see?
- What is the rule?
- Will it always work? Explain.
Recognizing patterns is considered an essential ability for higher-level thinking. To encourage this, you might try printing out Pattern Searches, laminate a few and have them ready to hand out when you want to challenge students.
What's your favorite question to get students thinking at higher levels?
O’Connell, S. 2018. “Questioning and vocabulary supports that inspire language-rich mathematics” in Educational Leadership, July 26, (13) 22.